How long should my forklift last?

Like just about anything in this world, your forklift will eventually wear out.  It’s the circle of life. So… how long should a forklift last?

With proper maintenance- regular checkups according to the manufacturers recommendations, oil changes, grease applications and run-of-the-mill usage, etc- a new forklift should last about 10,000 hours.  Assuming a 168-hour month (that’s 8 hours a day for a month) your lift will run for five years.

After that, you can have your unit rebuilt and it can run like a champ for another 6,000-8,000 hours more.

You can tell if your forklift is beginning to show its age if the engine starts burning through oil faster than it used to, if the transmission starts slipping a bit, if the mast components start wearing out, or if the steering axle fails.  Any one of these can be spotted just by paying attention to your forklift or through regular inspections, which you should be performing anyway.

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Forklifts to use indoors & outdoors

The Electric vs. Gas forklift debate involves a little more than which use may be best for your indoor facility. There are very real differences if you will be using your lift outdoors, as well.

We’ve covered the cost difference, so let’s just talk about functionality, starting with a gas-powered lift.

Gas-powered lifts can just flat-out lift heavier loads than an electric lift. This, alone, may be the deciding factor in your purchase.

The performance of the gas-powered life remains constant even as the unit’s fuel supply is running low. That’s not necessarily the case in a battery-powered lift.

Using a gas-powered lift means generally you don’t have to be concerned with managing the exhaust of the unit.

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The Common Sense of Safety – Part 2

Last time we discussed how to operate your forklift safely, before you start the ignition.

This time, we get to manage a load and move it from one place to another, with safety in mind.

We’ve walked around the lift, we’ve dressed appropriately, climbed on board safely and checked the controls.

Ok, turn that key- we’ve got work to do- but before you move, consider your surroundings. Any people around? Obstacles that need to be moved, or ones that can’t be moved and need to be avoided?

Anything along the way that’s too low for your mast?

Are you operating on a loading dock? Be aware of the edge. Observe warning signs and only drive the lift on your facility’s designated roadways- and of course, only operate the forklift at a safe speed, being constantly aware of what’s around you.

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The Common Sense of Safety – Part 1

Whether you’re talking about safety at home or at the workplace, or just about any place in-between, safety and common sense have a lot in common. The same is true when it comes to operating your forklift safely.  Taking the time to think about what you are doing can not only help you work smarter, it can help you work safer.

On a forklift, safety starts before you even climb aboard.

We’ve discussed this before, but it starts with every forklift operator getting training and a license to operate the lift. You can get the training you need at a variety of place, check with your Atlantic Forklift Services rep to guide you to the best training available.

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